August 11th, 2011
09:09 AM ET

Rights group: NATO must probe allegations it killed Libyan civilians

A leading human rights organization is calling on NATO to investigate allegations that it killed 85 civilians during airstrikes on forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi.

The demand by Amnesty International Wednesday followed government accusations days earlier that NATO killed civilians in the western part of the country to help clear the way for rebels advancing on the Gadhafi-controlled city of Zlitan.

"NATO continues to stress its commitment to protect civilians. To that effect, it should thoroughly investigate this and all other recent incidents in which civilians were reportedly killed in western Libya as a result of airstrikes," Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui of Amnesty International said in a statement.

Eighty-five civilians, including 33 children, were killed in airstrikes Monday near the village of Majer, Gadhafi's government said.

NATO says its warplanes Monday struck two farms used as a staging point for Gadhafi's forces.

"This is a legitimate target. And by striking it, NATO has reduced pro-Gadhafi forces capabilities to threaten and attack civilians," said Col. Roland Lavoie, a spokesman for the NATO operation.

"We do not have evidence of civilian casualties at this stage, although casualties among military personnel, including mercenaries, are very likely due to the nature of the target."

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  1. Hmmm

    I don't know if this happened or not, but I'm getting tired of a government that drops bombs on children telling it's own citizens that they must obey the law. Being at war or going after a "legitimate" target doesn't negate harming innocents. It's just a way to help those in command to sleep better at night.

    August 11, 2011 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. michaelfury

    "Reporters were also taken to Sabratha hospital some 10 kilometres from Sorman, where an AFP correspondent saw nine bodies, including two children. They also saw body parts including a child’s head.

    Canadian Lieutenant General Charles Bouchard, commander of NATO operations in Libya, insisted the military was targeted.

    'This strike will greatly degrade Kadhafi regime forces’ ability to carry on their barbaric assault against the Libyan people,' said Bouchard."


    "We must kill the civilians to save them." – NATO

    August 11, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  3. gung hoe

    Let's bomb NATO for butting in.

    August 11, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Lyndsie Graham

      Thank you, gung hoe. I'm with you all the way! Those filthy creeps do need a taste of their own medicine!!!

      August 11, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  4. banasy

    This dirty disgusting war with the right-wing Washington thugs arm twisting behind the scenes makes me sick! They are nothing more than mere sanctioned white collar criminals. It makes me so angry! Those thugs have to go. It's as simple as that.

    August 11, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • slider

      Strange...I thought Obama got us into this.

      August 11, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. HelenHull102951

    Good post banasy. You said it all,thank you.

    August 11, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    Let's wait till the war in Libya is over, then level a couple of Libya's cities with some Fallujah, Iraq "style" carpet-bombing. It worked on Dresden and Berlin, both cities being bombed after WW2 was over. People in London took to the streets in violent protest of GB helping the US drop bombs after the war was done. Most A merican's didn't, and still don't know that this happened. The flames burning in those two cities were so hot, the rising flames literally sucked people who were fleeing right-up into the inferno. Collateral damage my azz. Who is stupid enough to believe that citizen's aren't targeted?

    August 11, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  7. Philip

    @banasy...George "dubya" Bush is not behind this war on the Libyan peoples, our current (D) President is. Thought you knew that. (shrug)...and good morning. 🙂

    August 11, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  8. Dick®

    @Philip: That was a troll. Thought you were all knowing?

    August 11, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  9. Philip

    @Dick. he he...sound's like 'note to self'. So you hijack banasy's s/n eh? What for? What did she ever do to you? Was it something she said? he he.

    August 11, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  10. Mack

    I am very relieved to learn that Amnesty International has jurisdiction over NATO and can say what NATO "must" do, according to the headline, although the copy uses "should." Karen Horney be dam-
    ned with her "tyranny of the shoulds."
    Good morning to my new friends and foes alike.

    August 11, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  11. General Tommy Franks

    "We don't do bady counts". As of July 24, 2011, the civilian death-toll in Iraq went from 102,165 to 111,668 due to a wikileak proving that 15,000 deaths had been omitted from the record. Yes, even Iraqis have morgues and autopsies and graveyards. Even if Iraq was in-on 911 and actually did have WMDs left-over from those supplied to Saddam by the US and Israel, (see 'the Teicher affidavit', sworn testimony from the highest ranking official to ever prove that Saddam was armed even after he comitted atrocities against his own peoples) these civilian deaths will not bring back 3,000 Americans who were killled on 9/11. "Eye for an eye"? If 3,000 is an 'eye', what is 111,668? (

    August 11, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  12. Dick®

    @Philip: Wrong again. I'm making fun of her troll. If I wanted to hijack anyone's name it wouldn't be hers. Good day sir I'm off to work.

    August 11, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  13. George Patton

    I suppose that those NATO creeps are going to do everything they can do to whitewash the whole thing. Don't they always, the sleazebags?!?!?!

    August 11, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  14. Philip

    Saddam Hussein, a man that most Americans detest and abhor, was thouroughly investigated before he was executed. Guess how many Iraqi citizens Saddam murdered during his carreer. Ready? He was convicted of murdering 143 Iraqis. 143...not 111,668. Manslaughter, at the very least. 111,668 counts of manslaughter to be sure. But we don't do "manslaughter" during an invasion and the following occupation, do we. Here in the USA, even if you unintentionally kill someone, you can face manslaughter charges. During wartime, the world Court usually deals with this, but the US DROPPED HER LONG-STANDING MEMBERSHIP membership with the World Court...just days prior to invading Iraq. If you supported the invasion and still support this occupation of Iraq, you, sir, have blood on your hands. Karma? Reap what you sow? We are reaping the "benefits" now. Don't you see?

    August 11, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  15. Philip

    @Dick...well, she seems to think it's you. Have you ever considered using 'Richard' here rather than 'Dick'? he he...have a good one. Save some work for US. we could use it.

    August 11, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
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